Quang Nam University Students Share the Impact of GLS20 in Vietnam
In August 2020, The Global Leadership Summit was broadcast LIVE to an online audience and at micro-gatherings across North America. The Summit was then translated into 60+ languages and contextualized for another 123 countries and hundreds of locations worldwide. One of those locations includes a university in Quang Nam, Vietnam, where students gathered for fresh leadership insights and encouragement from a mix of speakers chosen from our GLS19 and GLS20 world-class faculty. With no Covid-19 cases reported in Vietnam since September, they were also excited for the opportunity to gather in person after a difficult year.
Here are just a few stories from some of the attendees inspired to lead change within their sphere of influence in Vietnam.
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The Summit gave me new confidence and a huge passion to be myself without fear and hiding.
I was born into poverty with a disability. I’ve always thought low of myself. When I finished 9th grade, I decided to quit school because I thought, even if I had studied more, I could never have a better life. I just thought I would raise cows until the day I die. But at 22, I decided to go back to school when I realized that there are many disabled people who overcome difficulties and succeed.
But starting again was really hard. Deep down, I was still very insecure. Often when someone stares at my arm and leg, I want to hide, and I start to mumble. But then I attended The Global Leadership Summit for the first time. I am thrilled by what I have learned! It gave me new confidence and a huge passion to be myself without fear and hiding. I always wanted to help people, but I never thought I could become a leader. But because of the GLS, I know I can. And I am going to take a step toward a class monitor position next semester. That is my first challenge to step out of my comfort zone. But I want to do even more to support people with disabilities and will start by teaching English! – Nguyen Ky Nam
Because of the Summit, I have a new confidence in who I am.
I was so excited to find out about The Global Leadership Summit taking place at my university! I was delighted. I could not hide my joy! I loved all the lessons, but I especially loved when it when DeVon Franklin said, “your difference is your destiny.” This idea impacted me the most.
I grew up in the mountainous areas in Quang Nam province. Because of my low starting point in society, I went through a lot of difficulties to become a university student. When my dream came true, I faced other struggles too—I was shy and afraid of communicating with others. Away from my family, I felt alone in a new environment and so different from my peers.
But after hearing DeVon, I have a new confidence in who I am. I decided that I will not hesitate to share my thoughts and communicate with others. Everyone has their own strengths, and although we have differences, it doesn’t matter because our differences are our destinies! – Po Loong Men
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